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Everything posted by Adriandw

  1. Walt - thanks. I hadn't yet found the leading override that was hidden away under Character/Positioning and Transform. I think your theory is probably right: the special character has overridden the leading for the paragraph in such a way that you cannot make any more changes to paragraph leading. But you can still increase (though not decrease) the leading using "Leading Override" under "Positioning and Transform".
  2. I've been working on some decorative text for a display panel (using AfPub on the Mac). So I've been tweaking the typographic settings for characters and pairs of characters in the text: ligatures, swash, alternates and stylistic sets. Depending on the selection of flourishes applied, I need to adjust the leading. Initially, leading adjustment works as expected, but there comes a point when I can't make any more changes to the leading. The dynamic display of what a leading adjustment would look like as I hover the mouse over the different settings no longer works, and it's impossible to change the leading at all. This is not font dependent - I've recreated it using Garamond Pro, Trattatello, Linux Libertine and Gabriola. I also re-opened the afpub file in the Released version of Publisher, but the problem persists. The only way round it that I've found is to cut the affected paragraphs from the document, past them back in without format, apply the desired leading and then reapply the stylistic settings. Adrian
  3. @walt.farrell This screen capture shows the only way I know to change the leading, via the paragraph properties. When it works, you can hover the cursor over the various options to see how the leading changes would affect the visual appearance, and then click on the setting you want to apply. As I said in a previous post, the leading change setting does work initially but then stops working after I've tweaked some of the characters. The attached file displays the problem (on my iMac, at least) on the first three paragraphs of text which have had stylistic changes applied at the character level. They are set in Gabriola but the problem has occurred with Garamond Pro and Linux Libertine. The problem does not occur (i.e. I can still change the leading) in the final paragraph which has not had individual character changes applied and which is set (in this example) in red in Linux Libertine typeface. MorleyCrucifixGabriola.afpub
  4. Thanks for your suggestions @walt.farrell @Jeremy Bohn Maybe an image would help clarify what I'm trying to do. In the text below (set using Gabriola), I've chosen alternate forms for several individual characters, including the k in Stockbridge and the first h in Church in the line below. I would like to increase the leading of the paragraph (or just a single line) because of the additional height of the alternate letter h. But Publisher Beta won't let me change the leading at this point. The only bypass I have found is to start again with default text form throughout, set the leading that I now know I need for that paragraph, and then apply the character overrides. The ability to flip into a different persona is really innovative, so I thought that flipping into the Designer persona might help here. It didn't.
  5. I produce publications for three non-profits - I’m using a copy of InDesign which I purchased as a component of CS6 several years ago - neither I nor the non-profits could justify the monthly charges for the latest InDesign. I’d love to switch them all to Affinity Publisher but without Span Columns (and cross-references for longer documents) it wouldn't be a complete solution and therefore I’ll hold off persuading them to adopt it (although I have purchased my own copy).
  6. @fde101, I'm with @whitewolf7070 and @captain_slocumon this one. On a multi-page two-column layout where you have sections that might or might not span pages depending on subsequent content, none of the suggestions above is a practical workaround. Ideally you'd be using a master layout with a two-column text frame, with the frames linked from page to page. But without the ability for a heading to span columns, you have to split the text frame at the point where you'd want a heading spanning columns. So you'd be forever tweaking the point of split as you add or rearrange content. It's perfectly reasonable to discuss the relative priorities of features that we would like to see added to Publisher, but I haven't yet seen a workable alternative to span columns.
  7. +1 to that. I'm on InDesign CS6 (the last version you could purchase), but it's a 32-bit app on the Mac so won't run under the newly announced Catalina Mac OS 10.15. I've also pre-ordered Publisher, but I'll need to keep an external hard drive with Mojave to boot from and run InDesign CS6 when I need to span columns. I hope Publisher sells well enough to justify adding that feature. It would be good, once Publisher has shipped, if Affinity could share its roadmap of features it hoped to add in future release.
  8. Adriandw

    Thank you..

    Re Catalina, obviously I can avoid the problem by not installing it. But if there are other functions in Catalina that I want, it gives me a problem. The plan is to keep a Virtual Machine running Mojave for those apps that don't work on Catalina. I should have added that I would also like to be able to export epubs from Publisher
  9. You say that as a beta, Publisher is "considered to be not suitable for production use". I ignored that warning and have just produced and published a 56-page A5 booklet using the beta. I received many compliments for its quality. The announcement of general availability is very timely because my copy of InDesign CS6 will stop working when Mac OS Catalina ships. Designer 1.7 Beta was used to create a map which was imbedded. I was also very happy with that. What other functions would I have liked to see? In Publisher, Cross reference capability, so that I could use, for example "See page x" and have the x updated automatically when content was moved around Headings that span columns - this has been discussed in many threads already. Not a problem in my recent publication but I do produce short leaflets where it's a desirable feature In Designer The ability to draw a line with a double (compound) line style. Visio gives me several options shown in this screen grab. I can simulate that in Designer by drawing a single line and duplicating it but there are problems because the inside of a curve needs a different radius to the outside.
  10. I'm loving AFPub but ... Pinning should be a really great added function when I have a diagram or image that needs to stay with the associated text when I add or delete chunks of text above it. But I don't think it will help with my span column problem. Last year I produced a 12 page two column leaflet using Adobe, with a 2-column master page layout. On a major heading, I would set the span column option to All. All the text up to that point would be reflowed across to balance columns above the heading. Then the text following the heading would resume the two-column format below the heading. See image. I wouldn't have to break text boxes or do anything tricky, and if I added or deleted chunks of text, I wouldn't have to resize text frames. There doesn't seem to be a straightforward way to do this in AFPub yet, especially when using two-column master pages.
  11. Adriandw

    Author and Subject of a PDF

    Thanks, that's great. I'm still adjusting to AF Publisher's dialogue structure and hadn't investigated the Studio>Fields settings.
  12. Adriandw

    Author and Subject of a PDF

    +1. I am working on producing a booklet PDF from someone else's text (sung File/Export). At present (Beta the PDF Author field is automatically filled with my own name and the PDF Title field is filled with the filename. If (on a Mac) instead of using Export I do File/Print/Save as PDF, I am prompted to enter the Title and Author Name. The author name is remembered if I do another File/Print/Save as PDF. It would be good to be able to set document title and author name using File/Properties, as is possible in MS Word. Adrian
  13. I'm loving the index feature but why is "Update Index" greyed out? It looks like a bug. Obviously I can get round it by deleting the index and using "Insert Index", but that shouldn't be necessary. I thought this little update icon in the Index studio might help: But it doesn't seem to do anything. Adrian
  14. Additionally if you create a TOC or Index and request hyperlinks on export the TOC or Index will be furnished with hyperlinks as appropriate. how do I request hyperlinks on export? I was hoping the page numbers in the TOC section of the exported PDF would be clickable, but I haven’t figured out how.
  15. @Chrysogonus - agreed. Accessibility is now a legal requirement in the UK for public sector websites (even for very small public sector bodies who struggle to afford Adobe software). This includes any PDFs on the websites. Even MS Word now has an option to save an accessible PDF.
  16. Agreed, but it's a reasonable contribution to this thread to say that absence of the "Span Columns" capability would prevent @whitewolf7070 standardising on AfPub. In the recent Affinity Publisher Update email I saw this I support that delay - let's hope that Span Columns is one of those "few more features"
  17. Agree - the old icon was much nicer
  18. As a paragraph style, yes. But no need for the baseline grid being involved if not wanted/desired. Agree, yes it should be a paragraph style, doesn't need to be linked with Baseline. The InDesign implementation uses the paragraph settings panel and that works for me
  19. When you wrote "is not available yet" does that mean you expect it will be available at some time? THat would be good to know.
  20. @fde101Are you thinking of tables? I'm familiar with using merge cells for a table. But here I'm talking about a two-column text frame. When I get to a break in a story, I would like the heading for the new chapter to span both columns and all the text for the previous chapter be above the heading and all the text for the new chapter below the heading. InDesign works like that. Everything else about Affinity Publisher is looking good but I would miss that ability. The alternative is to break the page frame manually but that means more manual effort resizing frames if I go back and add text to the previous chapter .
  21. Adriandw

    Testing Affinity Publisher (Mac) Auto-Update

    Worked fine for me.
  22. My mistake. I had added a separate text frame for the title of the two-column booklet I was creating, because Publisher doesn't (yet?) support a "span column" paragraph style. And although the text of the title didn't overflow its frame, there was a paragraph return at the end of the last line which caused Publisher to think that the frame was overset, even though all the text was visible. And, yes, I must have missed the little eye icon. Feature request: to indicate overset frames, use a different colour (red) for the overflow indication icon to make it easier to spot.
  23. @JaneEIt is possible to overlook the little eye icon, but in my case, the icon wasn't displayed until I added some more text to my frame and it really did overflow. And then the icon was visible without having to resort to huge magnification. The problem I reported was the error message saying that a frame had overflowed when actually no text frame had overflowed.
  24. @MEB Uploaded! The error message happens when I try to export the file (on Mac High Sierra); hopefully, you will be able to reproduce it.
  25. @Aammppaa thanks, that's useful - I hadn't found the "Show Special Characters" setting. But I had already checked that none of the text frames was overset. I can provide a link to my file for someone to look at, but I'd prefer not to make it globally visible. Who should I send the link to?